Senior Julian Kurz, back from an injury, won both his No. 1 singles and doubles matches against Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The
No. 21-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team played for the first
time in nine days against No. RV Indiana Wesleyan University at home. ONU had
struggled lately, losing eight straight matches against tough opponents and
battling through injuries. Against the 15-4 Wildcats, the Tigers responded with
a 6-3 win.
In singles, the Tigers (4-10, 0-1) took four of six matches
and controlled the match. The No. 10-ranked senior Julian Kurz (Stuttgart, Germany) won
(6-2, 6-3). Diego Gonsalvez (San Luis
Potosi, Mexico) dominated his match and won (6-1, 7-5). Senior Camilo Giraldo (Medellin, Colombia)
defeated Brandon Dubuque (6-2, 6-1), and Peter
Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) came from behind to win [3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7)].
The Tigers captured two points in doubles play. The No. 6-ranked
team in ITA, Kurz and Gonsalvez, won 8-2. Giraldo and Landon Williams (Erie, Penn.) won 8-6.
Head Coach Andy Gibbs
commented, “It was a good bounce back win against a very solid Indiana Wesleyan
team. We started off up 2-1 after
doubles set us up well for singles. We
continue to get closer to having our full line-up. This win could start to
set us up and propel us as we prepare for the rest of our conference schedule
and the conference tournament.”
ONU will be back in action at home against conference opponent
Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) on Tuesday, April 16, starting at 3:30 p.m.